Start It Up Pitch Competition winners announced

Monday, 27 September 2021

The University's 2021 Start It Up Pitch Competition took place online on Tuesday last week and saw five entrepreneurial student finalists pitch to a panel of esteemed judges.

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The winning pitch secures $2,500 in funding to help launch their entrepreneurial vision, free entry into I2N’s Entrepreneurship101 online course, and access to an Incubator hotdesk at I2N Hub Honeysuckle.​​​​​​​

The impressive final five showcased their businesses in a three-minute pitch and PowerPoint presentation and were judged on their business model, competitive advantage, innovation and creativity and delivery.

A big congratulations to Nicholas Hough and his team for their winning entry which showcased their The MedMakers start up! We also want to congratulate our runner up James Casey-Brown for his Flexi Lid concept. ​​​​​​​

As well as helping to develop critical employability skills such as pitching an idea and exploring entrepreneurial capabilities, the finalists gained valuable feedback about their business concepts and encouragement from the judging panel. Our finalists for this year were:

  1. Menu Me, presented by Jason Phua (College of Engineering, Science and Environment)
  2. VEIL ‘Virtual Interactive Excursions – Live’, presented by David Summers (College of Engineering, Science and Environment)
  3. Flexi Lid, presented by James Casey-Brown (College of Engineering, Science and Environment)
  4. Blui, presented by Francisco Jose Durney Rios (College of Engineering, Science and Environment)
  5. The MedMakers, presented by Nicholas Hough (College of Engineering, Science and Environment)​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​Congratulations to all of our finalists on their wonderful pitches and hardwork!
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We are fortunate to have a committed community of innovation and entrepreneurship champions to embrace a spirit of entrepreneurship and support the growth of our students. ​​​​​​​


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